Readers in the Heights is a four-week initiative bringing summer enrichment opportunities in literacy, STEM, arts, music, and health to City Heights elementary students. Through a curriculum that is aligned with the San Diego Unified School District, students are learning all summer long and having fun at the same time. In addition to literacy-based activities, students benefit from trips to their local library, a tour of the San Diego Police Department station, and their own personal books to take home and continue reading with their families.
Research shows students regress in their learning over the summer when they’re out of school. Summer learning loss, or summer slide, is particularly severe for students from low-income households. This inequity exacerbates the achievement gap between lower-income and higher-income children. Low-income students, on average, lose up to two months in reading achievement during the summer. Over six years of school, by the end of fifth grade, low-income students could be as much as three grade levels behind their wealthier peers. Programs–like Readers in the Heights, which keep students learning over the summer, can greatly mitigate this learning loss.
City Heights Music School
Greg Camarillo, United Way Athlete Ambassador
City Heights Community Development Corporation
San Diego Unified School District—Extended Learning Opportunities—Primetime
San Diego Unified School District—Family Engagement Department
United Women of East Africa
City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex
The Habit Burger and Grill
Mid-City Police Department
San Diego Council on Literacy
San Diego Padres